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D.C. Council OK’s gay marriage bill

Cynthia Blackledge cries as Brenda Buckner holds up a Bible during a protest of a same-sex marriage bill considered by the District of Columbia Council on Tuesday.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Cynthia Blackledge cries as Brenda Buckner holds up a Bible during a protest of a same-sex marriage bill considered by the District of Columbia Council on Tuesday. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

After an emotional debate, the D.C. Council gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

The vote is considered the first step toward eventually allowing gay marriages to be performed in Washington. Congress, which has final say over the city’s laws, will get 30 days to review the bill assuming Democratic Mayor Adrian Fenty, a supporter, signs it.

If Congress takes no action, the bill will become law automatically. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have not signaled where they stand on the D.C. bill.

London

U.S. talk host among 16 banned

The British government on Tuesday named 16 people who have been banned from entering Britain for “fostering extremism or hatred,” including a U.S. radio talk show host and a Kansas preacher.

The list includes six Americans. Perhaps the most prominent is Michael Savage, a nationally syndicated conservative radio host who has made controversial remarks about immigrants and Muslims, such as urging Americans to “burn the Mexican flag on your street corner.”

The Rev. Fred W. Phelps Sr. and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church also are unwelcome in the United Kingdom. The pair, who have picketed at funerals carrying placards with antigay slogans, are banned for “fostering hatred,” the Home Office said.

From wire reports

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